The Garden of Proserpine
Also: In the Fen Country, Fen and Flood (Hadley)
The Garden of Proserpine is taken from A.C. Swinburne’s collection Poems and Ballads (1866), works notorious for their eroticism, republicanism and antitheism. For Vaughan Williams’ generation the book remained a watchword for modernity and rebellious free-thinking.
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Performances are authoritative, atmospheric and not at all self-conscious
BBC Music Magazine
Fen and Flood is a little gem… lovely performances under Paul Daniel
The Garden of Proserpine (completed in 1899), is considered to be the composer’s first attempt at a large-scale work. … The distinctive tone that we are used to hearing in Vaughan Williams’ later works is present even here and comparisons can be drawn with the Sea Symphony (amongst others). In the Fen Country is given a sensitive performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The other premiere is Patrick Hadley’s two-part cantata Fen and Flood. Vaughan Williams persuaded Hadley to let him arrange the work for SATB and orchestra. The effect is devastating; feelings of despair and panic come across with great clarity.
McAlister Matheson Music
The Garden of Proserpine (Vaughan Williams)
In the Fen Country (Vaughan Williams)
Fen and Flood – A Cantata (Hadley)
Folk-song: The Captain’s Apprentice (arr. Vaughan Williams)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Jane Irwin mezzo-soprano
Mary Bevan soprano
Leigh Melrose baritone
Joyful Company of Singers choir
Catalogue Number: ALBCD012
Release Date: 01 April 2011
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